OHC Hamsters v Gerrards Cross 2XI: 0-5
The current Mindfulness fad would probably tell us that one should live in the moment and look for something positive in each day. That’s rather difficult on a grey, rainy, windswept day such as the one that formed the backdrop to today’s foray down the M40 to GX. However, with Mr Bence – a kind of random entertainment generator – in the car, the miles just fly by and before long we arrived at the ground. Well, most of us arrived, as Sath had taken a detour and was nowhere to be seen at the start of the game. Unfortunately, he had Gimli with him as well so the Captain had to undertake a hasty re-planning exercise.
In the first five minutes, our re-jigged formation held the youthful GX side at bay but this was as good as it got. No sooner were up to full strength than we found ourselves 0-1 down after a cruel deflection beat Mr Bence. Another deflection in our D resulted in a second GX goal. For a while we almost managed to get back into the game and, momentarily, we thought we had gained a goal back from a short. However, the umpires deliberated and the goal was disallowed and a further short awarded. Being well brought up young men, none of the Hamsters questioned the decision, although it was a bit odd, to say the least. 0-2 at half time.
Hopes of an improvement in the second half were short lived. Whist we may have been unlucky with the first two goals, there was no luck involved in GX’s well-taken third goal from open play. A forth was added from a short, and GX sealed an emphatic win with a stylish fifth and final goal.
Without wanting to take anything away from our skilful young opponents, this was beyond doubt our worst game of the season. Quite what the Mindfulness book would make of this, I’m not sure, but by way of some consolation GX served up the best tea of the season at their delightfully appointed clubhouse.
Lastly, a word must be said about our manager for the day, JJ. Having found spectating too cold last week, this week he arrived at the pitch side wearing what he described as his thermal fishing attire. This khaki jump suit ensemble made him look like a cross between Captain Mainwaring and Captain Birds Eye. We hope for warmer weather next week.
Goal scorers: No one
Man of the Match: The GX chef
DOTD: Where does one start?
Umpires: Two in pink from GX (thanks)
Big Ron Manager: JJ
Match reporter: Wild
Team: Tim Bence, Alan Newbold, Ian Wild, Tom Wordsworth, Anand Gupta, Joe Walker, Adrian Harris, AMH, Richard Hunt, Marcus Carter, Sath Vadivale, David Haycock